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Torah Chanting

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This first video is of aBar Mitzvah rehearsal - not Orthodox because the mother is standing there too. The father says a blessing over the reading of the torah (an honour given to anything from 1-7 people depending on the synagogue) and then the Bar Mitzvah boy chants his portion, followed by an after blessing. This is a typical American chant;

This is also a progressive context  as in the next video a girl is reading from the Torah - she blesses it herself.

This is a Yemenite boy reading the Torah from a book form rather than the scroll itself - the Yemenite tradition is considered the closest to how it might have sounded in the Temple, and sounds very different to the Western tradition 

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